Formula X for Sephora

This nail polish is getting a lot of hype right now. Obviously, I had to see what it was all about (I was a little skeptical) so I popped over to my local Sephora (inside JCP) and picked up 2 bottles. I purchased a cool toned red called “Fahrenheit” and a metallic silver called “Connectivity.” I tried the red first. It looked awesome and I got a lot of compliments on it. One of my friends asked if I got a gel manicure. (Yay!) I wore it for two days, and noticed that it held up really well. I couldn’t wait to try the silver color so I decided to give that  go too. I noticed equally awesome results, the color went on evenly, was perfectly opaque with 2 coats, and dried in a snap. Again, I got a compliment from an employee at MAC. She thought it was a gel manicure too! Crazy! I am on day #3 of “Connectivity” and loving it.

I am really enjoying Formula X right now, even if it does feel like I am cheating on Butter London, Essie and OPI. You can check out all of the colors here. :)

xo,

Katie

Leopard Nails

How to EASILY get a Leopard Accent Nail:

1. Grab your materials:

Basecoat

Topcoat

Black polish

Glitterly-polish

Neutral

Toothpick

Piece of tape

Paper towel

2. Flatten toothpick

3. Shake up your polish and paint your basecoat on

4. Paint your ring fingers with the neutral polish

5. Paint the rest of your nails black (or whatever color you select)

6. Dab glitter and black nail polish on the tape

7. Use the toothpick to dab glitterly spots on the ring fingers

8. Outline the glittery with the toothpick

9. Do a second coat of black polish on the rest of your nails

10. Paint the your nails with the top coat

You’re good to go! :]

 

 

 

 

xo,

Katie

The supplies I used are pictured below: Essie Topless and Barefoot, OPI Onyx, Essie Beyond Cozy and OPI Nail Envy

 

Mini Review: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

I jumped on the BB cream bandwagon last year and then I got right off of it. The BB cream experience was mediocre and over-hyped. I ended up giving most of them away or tossing them out. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream lured me in at Sephora on a recent trip, however, and changed things.

The Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream is a versatile product that really does multitask: with SPF 35, it offers protection from the sun, moisturizes, can be used as a primer, moisturizer and a foundation. The scent is nice (read: barely noticeable, just how I like it haha). I have been using it alone on my skin or as a primer.

This product is worth a try! I really like it and will be using it for the remainder of the Spring and definitely into the Summer. I have a couple fun posts in mind coming up so check back for those soon! :] Also, maybe a YT video or two. ;]

xoxo, Katie

Spring 2013 Polish Picks

Spring is here! I’ve picked up some new polishes at Lux Beauty Story in Red Bank, NJ from Essie, Butter and OPI to celebrate the new season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essie (from left to right) Madison Ave-Hue, Hip-Anema, Mint Candy Apple, and Chinchilly

Madison Ave-Hue is the cutest Barbie pink. I love it! It is a great shade for manis and pedis. There is a hint of silver sparkle to it that really makes the pink pop.

Hip-Anema is a fabulous fusion of red and orange. This is my personal favorite!

Mint Candy Apple is a gorgeous creamy green. The opacity of this shade is awesome and it is a fun pick for Spring. Also, since Emerald is the color of the year for 2013, anything in the green family is in! Mint green jeans, shoes, nail polishes, shirts and more are dominating Pinterest!

Chinchilly is a classy gray shade with cool undertones. This color is beautiful year-round but rainy Spring skies make me crave this color.

Butter London (from left to right) Fiver, Snog, and Kerfuffle

Fiver is very similar to Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. I justified buying both because Fiver is slightly lighter and less intense. This shade reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream!

Snog is a classic hot pink. It is so fun and flirty. This is one of those shades that you can wear nonstop and never get tired of it.

Kerfuffle a sweet creamy coral. This is such a pretty pastel to rock this season.

 

 

Opi Eurso Euro (from the Europe Collection)

Eurso Euro is a dark navy shade. It’s an awesome shade because it looks good with just about any color that you might wear (even black!). I love this one!

xo,
Katie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybelline Color Show

Maybelline Color Shoe Lustrous Lime, Orange Extreme, Shock Wave, Coral Glow, and Orange Fix

These polishes  were intriguing because of the price (less that $3.00 a bottle) and the shades. Also, I had never tried this brand of lacquer and I wanted to give it a go. The verdict: I really, really like the colors. The polishes are pigmented (but not as well as a higher end brand) but they definitely do the trick. In terms of wear, with 2 coats and a topcoat they lasted approximately 2 days without chipping (pretty standard).

I painted my nails with Essie’s Madison Ave Hue and did an accent nail on my pointers with Lustrous Lime and got a lot of compliments on it!

Most of these polishes will get a lot of love this summer. :]

x0,

Katie

Maybelline Color Tattoo

 

 

 

 

 

The Maybelline Color Tattoo cream gel shadow is an amazing, amazing product! (And yes! It required two amazings…)

What is it?

  • Long-wearing eyeshadow
  • Can be used as a base/primer
  • Crease-free
  • Waterproof
  • Safe for people who wear contacts & have sensitive eyes

What do to with it?

  • Apply it with fingers, brushes or a sponge applicator
  • Wear it alone
  • Layer up different Maybelline Color Tattoo shades
  • Use it as a primer and then layer powder shadows on top of it
  • Use it as an eyeliner (it is a great dupe for a gel eyeliner)

I own 5 of them: Too Cool, Mossy Green, Rich Mahogany, Barely Beige, and Bad to the Bronze. I’ve been wearing them for months and would definitely recommend purchasing them if this is a product that you think you might like. Also, these are very similar to Mac Paint Pots and 1/3 of the price! Just saying… :)

xo,

Katie

 

Clean Skin

I love reading about how to get awesome skin. Who doesn’t love the idea of a flawless face? One thing on this topic that tends to get to me, however, is the fact that products always seem to be the answer. You know exactly what I mean! Although I think using high quality products (preferably organic, natural, or a something with a low rating on the Cosmetic Database) on your skin is important, there are other things you can do to obtain great, healthy skin. Here you go:

Make sure you are sleeping on a clean pillow case. This seems like a no-brainer but how often do you actually change your pillow case? Once a week? Once a month? You sleep on it every single night! Think about what your pillow has to put up with: The bacteria that naturally lives on/in your skin, sweat, lingering makeup, dust, etc.

Keep your cell phone clean. One minute you are texting on it and the next you’re holding it up against your face. Did you wash your hands before you started texting? Didn’t think so… Wipe your phone off every once in a while.

Bacteria can build up in your makeup brushes. Wash your brushes often. Brushes you use to apply liquid makeup products need to be washed more frequently. Use baby shampoo or dish soap to get rid of bacteria built up on your brushes.

What do you do to keep your skin looking fab?

x0,

Katie

 

Urban Decay All Nighter

Summer Series: Long-Lasting Makeup

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray was the best investment in makeup I’ve made to date. I’ve been using it for over a year now and continue to absolutely adore it.  I initially decided to experiment with a trial size of it in the months leading up to my wedding. I was looking for a product that would make my makeup last longer and stay put throughout the day, night and in whatever elements the day would bring (tears, sweat, rain – I wanted to be prepared for anything and everything). What I found was a product that did everything I hoped for and more!

My wedding day came, and my prayers for sunshine were answered! It was a record-breaking day in terms of heat with temperatures soaring around 105 degrees. I relied upon my Urban Decay All Nighter to carry my makeup through the day. It did a fabulous job! There were so many opportunities that day for my makeup to slide off my face: a plethora of kisses on my cheeks from excited guests, humid and hot air pressing against my skin, and a little bit of sweat from dancing the night away. Touch-ups were unnecessary and I was able to enjoy my wedding without worrying about my makeup.

A year later, I continue to enjoy this product. Although I don’t find it necessary 7 days a week, I do reach for it very frequently. Additionally, it is always a must when I’m doing makeup on a client as well.

Using this product is simple. After you’ve applied your makeup simply hold your hand about 8 inches away from your face and spritz your skin with the mist about 2-4 times.

 

Kirkland Cosmetic Brushes

I really didn’t need another reason to love Costco. But I found one… Kirkland makeup brushes. 10 brushes and a cute brush roll clutch for under $20.00 is amazing! The quality of these brushes is definitely comparable to my Sigma brushes (which cost approx. $100.00!). However, since I’ve only been using them for a week and have yet to wash them I am not sure how they will hold up over time. I am anxious to find out! :]

Brushes: 4 eye brushes, a powder brush, stipling brush, concealer brush, flat top kabuki, a contoured kabuki, and a blush brush.

The brush clutch is cute too – I will probably reserve this for traveling.

I purchased mine at Costco but here is the link if you want to check them out: http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11707295

x0x0,

Katie

Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish

Simply Fabulous. The Buxom lip glosses are long-wearing, and super shiny. The gloss is infused with minerals and antioxidants. As a “lip plumping” gloss, your lips feel a bit tingly and cool when you apply it. I think this feels refreshing.

The range of colors that this gloss comes in is fabulous – nudes, brights, darks & shimmers. The names of the colors are fun and reminiscent of Zoya nail polishses (which are all girls names too).

The gloss can be worn alone or layered over a lip stain, lipstick or a neutral lip pencil. My favorite shades are Katie and Dolly. Dolly is probably more versatile but Katie is perfect with a smokey eye.

I get my lip polishes at Sephora, and they are $18.00/gloss. The quality of the product is awesome and I definitely recommend checking them out. :]

x0x0,
Katie